Expanding health worker roles to help improve access to safe abortion and post-abortion care: WHO launches new guideline

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Expanding health worker roles to help improve access to safe abortion and post-abortion care: WHO launches new guideline
Publication Date: 07/29/2015

WHO’s new guideline help to ensure equitable access to health-care

Around 22 million unsafe abortions are estimated to take place worldwide each year, almost all in low- and middle-income countries. Adolescent girls and those who are poor, unmarried, less educated, and who live in rural contexts are particularly at risk of unsafe abortion.

Even though safe, simple, effective primary health-care level interventions exist, many women still do not have access to them, placing their lives unnecessarily at risk.

The WHO guideline is the first ever to give evidence-based recommendations on the safety, effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability of involving a range of health workers in the delivery of recommended and effective interventions for providing safe abortion and post-abortion care, including post-abortion contraception.

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